Congress renews assault on Internet

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” abolitionist Wendell Phillips warned in 1852. Nothing’s changed. Congress was forced to shelve two similar bills that nearly made it into law, the Stop Online Piracy Act, commonly called SOPA, in the House of Representatives; and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA, in the Senate. The bills […]

Police seek help locating absconder

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Marco Rivera CNJ staff New Mexico State Police are asking for help locating Marco Rivera, 20, of Clovis for failing to comply with terms of his supervised release and believed to be on the run. State police spokesman Sgt. Tim Johnson said Rivera failed to show up Monday at ACE Leadership Charter High School in […]

Support group reaches out to sexual assault survivors

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Liz Wooley, left, and Amber Hamilton of Sexual Assault Services look over new curriculum for their sexual abuse support group which meets regularly in Clovis. Wooley said giving sexual assault survivors a structured environment helps them to feel safe along with imagery exercises to help develop a safe place in […]

Press release: 63-year-old Clovis man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Clovis, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that James Fitzpatrick, age 63, pled guilty this morning to the charge of Second Degree Murder for the shooting death of Sandra Bousquet, age 36. The charges stem from February 3, 2010, when Clovis Police officers responded to a shooting in the 900 block […]

Tucumcari officer arrested for assault

Freedom New Mexico A Tucumcari Police officer was arrested Saturday morning for aggravated assault and battery of a household member. “Robert Vargas was placed on paid administrative leave, effective Monday,” said Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel. New Mexico State Police officers responded to a domestic dispute call at 11:35 p.m., Friday at a residence on […]

Official attributes increase in sexual assault exams to growing awareness

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners report an increase in exams during the month of October. Sharna Johnson October saw a spike in the number of sexual assault exams performed in Curry County, a dynamic Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Director Amber Hamilton attributes to increased awareness. Hamilton said SANE nurses conducted 19 […]

Inmate charged with assault on officers

CNJ STAFF An inmate upset over phone privileges beat two detention officers Friday, sending them to the hospital with multiple injuries. Joshua Fronhofer, 20, is charged with two counts of assault by a prisoner and two counts of battery on a peace officer, according to Undersheriff Wesley Waller. Curry County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the […]

Department of Justice awards regional agency $488,000 grant

Freedom New Mexico Sexual Assault Services of Eastern New Mexico is one of nine entities to share $488,000 from the Department of Justice, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The money comes from a $1.19 million portion of a grant to strengthen local justice system responses to violent crimes against women. […]

Judge to be selected from out of area in assault case

CNJ staff A judge will have to be selected from outside the area in the domestic assault case against former district attorney Randall Harris. According to a notice filed Friday in the 9th Judicial District Court, the district’s five judges have recused themselves from Harris’ case, and the attorneys have been given 10 days to […]

Former DA court hearing scheduled Jan. 11

CNJ staff Former District Attorney Randall Harris will be arraigned in district court Jan. 11 on misdemeanor charges of domestic assault against his wife. The case against Harris was moved from Curry County Magistrate to district court Dec. 17, according to court records. Harris, 48, was charged Oct. 4 with misdemeanor battery against a household […]